7 Simple Ways To Uplift Your Day

It’s one of those rainy cold days where you wake up and your body feels weak – and you haven’t even gotten yourself out of bed. You think to yourself  “Great, the day hasn’t even started and it’s already a bad one.” All you want to do is pull the covers over you head, but responsibilities and life are waiting for you.

Option 1: Maintain that dragged out feeling.

Option 2: Try the simple practices below to uplift your morning – helping the rest of your day flow with more ease and energy:

1. Make a warm drink and sit with it for 5 minutes.

Whether it’s coffee, tea, or warm water with raw apple cider vinegar (great for a gentle morning detoxification) – give yourself a few minutes to feel the warmth of the cup in your palms and the soothing sensation of the drink flowing through you, giving yourself these few moments to be with yourself before multitasking with a coffee in one hand and your computer in the other. Being fully attentive with a soothing drink is a simple way to start your morning off with a few nurturing moments.

2. Spend 5 minutes in a comfortable seated position with your eyes closed – focusing on your body and your breath.

You can start with a body scan – notice where there’s any tension, tightness, or feelings of fatigue. Then begin to deepen your breath as you focus your breath into the areas that need extra attention and care. Stay aware of your body and notice anytime you start to tense up your shoulders, neck, teeth, jaw, or eyes. Continue to relax the muscles, and breath deeply. Not only will you feel a lot calmer, clearer, and more awake, you may find your body feels more energized since you just breathed deeper for a few minutes, sending more oxygenated blood to all your cells. Your breath is a powerful ally for increasing your energy.

3. It’s time to awaken your physical body.

When you feel tired or fatigued, some gentle movement can help you feel more energized. By staying inactive and heading straight to work your body will continue to feel sluggish. On the other hand, if you consciously spend a few minutes stretching it and moving it – your energy will lift. You can do a few simple stretches such as standing up and reaching your arms overhead and then hinging forward from the hips into a forward bend position, which enlivens and awakens your legs. Then bring yourself all the way up to standing with your arms back up overhead and then returning to standing position. You can do this a few times, even integrate a couple of pushups, stretching side to side, dancing a little – basically get your body moving in a way that feels good. You can even look up a video on YouTube for a short five or ten minute yoga flow or dance routine to get your blood moving and energy soaring.

4. If you have a few more minutes before heading out to work take a walk around the block.

I know it sounds so insignificant, but those few minutes of fresh air really do your body good. Even if it’s raining or snowing out, a short walk around the block with fresh air entering your body is guaranteed to wake you up and enliven your senses.

5. Make sure you have enough time to eat something healthy to energize you.

If you’re feeling sluggish make sure to eat food that’s alive such as raw fruits and nuts and plenty of water to increase your energy. As you can see – even if you’re in a rush, grabbing some fruits and nuts is a simple way to have something healthy and energizing on the go!

6. Take 30 seconds to a minute to give thanks.

Thank your body for all that it does for you – even if you are feeling tired (though by now, if you’ve done steps one through five, I bet you’re feeling better than when you first woke up!) See if you can come up with 5 specific things you’re grateful for today – it could be as simple as thanking your arms, legs, and spinal cord. It could be gratitude for your work, your spouse, or a dear friend. Anything works – practicing gratitude is medicine for the soul. It helps you acknowledge all that you have which fills you from the inside – giving you energy and a sense of fullness.

7. Throughout the day take a few moments…

…to take a deep breath, to pause, to send out more gratitude, or take another 5-minute time-out with a warm drink or a mini-meditation. Little breaks throughout the day will keep you energized and feeling uplifted.

When you feel good physically, you have more energy to give to your work, to others, and your own enjoyment of the day.  Looking for a few more tips and support? Get a free meditation audio and 5 keys to start and finish your projects by clicking here to sign up for your copy.

Everyday Ways to Balance the Chakras

There are various activities a person can do every day in the Western world to discover calm serenity.

Life is like standing on a balancing board: One does not achieve constant steadiness, for there are always waves of emotion to push us up and down, pull us this way and that. Our best option is to surf the spiral.

The seven sections below correlate to the seven chakras, or chi energy centers of the human body. Identical to the order in a mystical rainbow, the chakras are illustrated by ROYGBIV. Red is Root, Orange is Sacral, Yellow is Solar Plexus, Green is Heart, Blue is Throat, Indigo is Brow, and Violet is Crown.

Remind the Being to Be

When a mind is full, there is less space to appreciate the beautifully divine, perfectly whole, multi-dimensional Self. Some of the best ways to get grounded with Mother Earth are to breathe deeply (both inhaling fully and exhaling fully), output swirling thoughts into the void, and listen with intent to the beating of your heart.

Meditate. Go into nature. Cuddle a lover or an animal. Appreciate the little things like clean water, comfy bed sheets, and WiFi. You are exactly where you need to be and are moving at precisely the right speed. There is infinite wonder to discover right now in the complex simplicity of the human experience. You belong here, now. Breathe and think this mantra: I breathe, therefore I am.  

Mediate Actions and Reactions

An action can be as minute as the choice to carry an upright posture or as momentous as the decision to quit working a certain job. The next step in balancing the chakra alignment is to bring mindful awareness to the direction of your being. Are you regularly doing what you want to do? Does your path reflect your deepest desires?

Begin by paying attention to the way you give and receive energy. Watch the way you move. Break routine. Get a standing desk. Try new things. Empower yourself. Hit the gym. Go out with good friends. Most importantly, pay attention to the things that ignite your core. Do you dive deeper when something feels good? Do you step away when something feels bad? Forget what you think is right and do what you feel is right.

Practice Creative Transformation

The sun is the life-force energy of our solar system; the alchemist of organic transformation in all creatures. You are a humble seed born of the sun. You are renewable energy/infinite power alive to decorate the world with beauty. Like lovely flowers in the fields, the light of Self brings colour to one’s everyday life.

Embrace the starlight within you by making magic. Kindle your yang/masculine energy. Be honest with your feelings and express them openly. Explore your self and your relationship to all there is. Adventure into the unknown to discover unseen opportunities. Take up your favourite creative hobby — you know, the passion you put aside when you set out to become who you are. This can be anything from sculpting, to hip-hop dance, to drawing comics. Use your ingenuity to dance artistically upon this stage of stardust. 

Feel and Grow Love

When you decide to express your true feelings, you truly feel your Self. As discussed above, we are beings of love in the garden of the universe. We are entangled with nature. This Earth should overflow with talent, passion, and joy. There is no reason it cannot.

Grow your compassion and let go of your grief.Be at peace with your yin/feminine energy and let those tears fall. Volunteer locally. Imagine everyone is a mirror to enhance your empathy. Get outside. Eat whole, plant-based foods. Drink lots of water. Live fearlessly. Open your heart to someone new. Lie down with time and just get lost in a moment of Zen. Peace is the green of the trees, the smile of youth. You find it within you, no matter the time of day, where you are, or who you are with.

Speak From the Soul

There’s nothing like holding in your true feelings to give your heart a one-way ticket back to snooze-ville.  As the Buddha said so eloquently, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” To live with integrity, honesty, and vulnerability is to liberate the spirit within the skin to become one with the wind.

You are a channel for the Universe to tell its divine story. Open your voice to sing your own version of the song of eternity. Keep your chin up. Communicate your thoughts and feelings openly. Write poetry, lyrics, music, a novel, a play, a short story. Discover for yourself the paradox that exists in storytelling — the good and bad of a heroic journey.  The voice of reason is a messenger of spiritual truth.

Manifest Dream and Desire

As the third eye awakens from its slumber in the soils of idyllic ignorance, a person comes to see reality in a startling new light. Like a volcano bursting open, enlightenment shakes a person to the core. The Zen proverb asserts: Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. One must remain grounded after the illusion of separation is revealed.

Accept the fact that we do not know everything. Question the world and the way things are. Daydream and space-out. Let go of doubt. Try lucid dreaming to better understand the limitless potential of the waking world. Practice tarot card reading to gain insight into the realm of the unconscious mind. Use your intuition and imagination every single day to make life more harmonious. Realize what you desire — big or small, near or far — can truly be attained with the law of attraction. Radiate good vibes.

Connect to the Cosmos

As illusions dissolve, we see we are not under the stars, but, in actuality, we are of and connected to all the stars. We rest at the center of the infinity loop. Space stretches out before us, matter spirals within us. And time moves it all. Now is the time to be here and expand your awareness in the present moment.

To balance this heightened state of being one might begin by practicing detachment from trivial issues. Release the past with a smile and embrace the future with some faith. Gaze into the night sky or into the ocean horizon, losing singular focus as you absorb the whole. Familiarize yourself with sacred geometry and the Fibonacci sequence. Uncover hidden patterns like galaxies in thumbprints and veins in plants. Watch less current news and read more ancient history. Try breathwork meditation. And, to bring it full circle, remember to simply be your multidimensional self.

To center the chi/chakras is to reside in the eye of the storm, so to speak. This way, the storm is the thundering pain and the eye is a blissful space void of suffering. One unlocks this solace of nirvana with the key of loving awareness.

In conclusion, every day is a chance to grow your consciousness — the energy of mind, body, soul. With time a person learns to transcend the human experience, becoming one with the extraordinary heart of nature.

Energized chakras are the source and aim of unconditional love.